Fire damage being assessed

2011-08-24 12:04

Johannesburg - Teams of traffic officers are assessing the damage caused by fires in North West, the public safety department said on Wednesday.

"We need to quantify the damage caused by the fires," said spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele.

The teams would also check on the safety of residents after veld fires on Tuesday.

Smoke from the fires, near Potchefstroom, reduced visibility to such an extent there was a three-vehicle pile-up on the N14 between Ventersdorp and Carletonville.

It had to be closed, but was reopened once the fires had been brought under control.

Kgwele dismissed reports that the fires were deliberately started.

"The wind was so strong that it easily spread fires... the fires even crossed roads because of the force of the winds," he said

Gauteng fires under control

Fires in Gauteng on Tuesday had also been brought under control, said Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe.

In Tshwane, two houses burnt down in Lynnwood and a small factory burnt down in Akasia, said emergency management services spokesperson Johan Pieterse.

There was also a fire on the Magaliesberg mountain, he said.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had deployed its farm animal rescue unit to areas affected by the fires, said spokesperson Christine Kuch.

"The unit is tasked with assisting injured livestock and any other animals in danger or distress from the fires," she said.

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  • Werner - 2011-08-24 12:46

    "Kgwele dismissed reports that the fires were deliberately started." Yeah, sure, all of us have some or other time seen "people" starting fires, all of these fires are arson

      Lekke Ekke - 2011-08-24 12:50

      "Kgwele" If it wasn't deliberate what was the caused of it???????

      Fu Manchu - 2011-08-24 13:46

      Maybe through spontaneous combustion?

  • LBS - 2011-08-24 14:17

    Malema told his cronies to start fires!

  • King - 2011-08-24 15:18

    @Lekke Ekke A single cigarette butt would certainly light up and burn that dry Free State grass, and the guy throwing it wouldn't even be aware.

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